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10 Books Inspired by African Oral Traditions

10 Books Inspired by African Oral Traditions

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About a week or so ago, Akaninyene wrote an opinion piece about African Oral Traditions and how we need more of them to be kept alive within the pages of our contemporary literature. Within the same post, he gave a few examples of contemporary works of African literature that were inspired, in some way or form, by oral traditions. We won’t go into too much detail about that but if you’re interested, you can read the full post here.

Spanning across decades – from the early 50s to the present, this list includes books from all across the continent and beyond – from Somalia to Mali, from South Africa to England, and from Guadeloupe to the United States.

A few moments after we put a follow-up post on Instagram, someone reached out to us, asking if we could recommend a few works of fiction that are based on oral traditions. As a result, we have put together a list of 10 books that were inspired by African oral traditions.

It is our hope that you will enjoy reading some (if not all) of the books below (if you haven’t done so already).

Spanning across decades – from the early 50s to the present, this list includes books from all across the continent and beyond – from Somalia to Mali, from South Africa to England, and from Guadeloupe to the United States. It is our hope that you will enjoy reading some (if not all) of the books below (if you haven’t done so already). Don’t forget to share the recommendations with your friends on social media, and make sure to tag us on Instagram so that we can keep the conversation going!

Happy Reading!

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